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Chilcott piece features Prestfeldians in world premiere

A special choir of fifteen Prestfelde upper voices has been working hard since the start of term on a newly commissioned work, “Move Him into the Sun” by internationally acclaimed British choral composer Bob Chilcott. The first performance of the piece, which lasts about half an hour and features SATB choir, upper voice two-part choir with orchestra, baritone soloist and ‘cello with orchestra, is in Theatre Severn on Sunday, November 4th, the exact centenary of Wilfred Owen’s death in the trenches. The music sets five poems by Owen.

The Prestfelde singers are pictured here autograph hunting after a two hour rehearsal in St Chad’s Church in October. The upper voices play a vital role throughout the work, and the children have been working very hard to match the 150+ voices in the main choir.

“Move Him into the Sun” occupies the second half of the concert in November: the first half includes poetry and readings relating to the Great War. Four pieces by Caz Besterman on war texts are included in the first half, and many of the children are involved in these as well. It promises to be a memorable concert in so many ways! Tickets are available from Theatre Severn box office.

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